Monday,18 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1392, (3 - 9 May 2018)
Monday,18 February, 2019
Issue 1392, (3 - 9 May 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Abstract Angles

Eman Barakat

At the UBUNTU gallery, “Abstract Angles”, an exhibition of bronze sculpture by Eman Barakat and painting by Tayseer Hamed, opened last night.

Fresh work by both the contemporary painter Tayseer Hamed and the promising sculptor Eman Barakat make for a potent combination. Hamed uses his signature sharp-edged technique and daring palette of colours to continue the Egyptian tradition of visual storytelling. His condensed canvases recycle folklore for the 21st century. Barakat’s latest body of work contrasts smooth, swollen forms with sharp, geometric ones. But she stays true to familiar materials such as bronze and granite.

Tayseer Hamed

The exhibition’s theme is the fusion of viewpoints in both artists’ work, a mélange that invites viewers to look again and interpret anew. Both the sharp silhouettes of Barakat’s structures and the spirit of Hamed’s deep murals show a playful mastery of light and shade. Tayseer Hamed was born in Cairo in 1955 and graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University in 1978. His work has been the subject of multiple shows at the Cairo Opera House, Cairo Museum of Modern Art, and the Saad Al-Khadem and Effat Nagui Museums. It is part of numerous private and public collections including the Cairo Museum of Modern Art. Eman Barakat was born in Cairo in 1988 and is a graduate of the Sculpture Department of Helwan University’s Faculty of Art Education, having obtained her BA in 2011 and MA in 2018. She is the recipient of multiple awards, and has participated in various local workshops and group exhibitions including the Cairo Youth Salon in 2013, the Aswan International Sculpture Symposium in 2014 and 2015, the Dai Arab Youth Festival in 2016 and the Adam Henein Foundation Exhibition in 2017. Her work is included in private and public collections, including the Aswan Sculpture Open-Air Museum.

The exhibition is on until 22 May.

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